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14th Annual ACF/OPRE Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference; June 1-3, 2011, Capital Hilton, Washington, DC; Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

2011 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference Agenda

The conference is organized into seven tracks that structure the plenary and breakout sessions – the sessions corresponding
to each of the seven tracks are noted in the agenda by the letters below:

  1. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  2. Employment and Success in the Labor Market
  3. Supporting Child and Youth Well-Being
  4. Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families
  5. Innovations in Postsecondary Education and Training
  6. Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence
  7. Strengthening the Safety Net: Supporting and Stabilizing Low-Income Families

* - denotes sessions that will be webcast


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Tuesday, May 31: 4:30 to 6:00 pm

4:30–6:00 p.m.

Registration and Information Desk Open

Wednesday, June 1: 8:30 am to 5:15 pm

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)
David A. Hansell (Administration for Children and Families)

8:45 a.m.

video(A) Plenary: TANF During a Time of High Unemployment and Limited Resources*

Moderator: David A. Hansell (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Diana Carminati (Vermont Agency of Human Services)
  • Reagan Miller (Texas Workforce Commission)
  • LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
  • Trent Rhorer (San Francisco Human Services Agency)
  • Jack Tweedie (National Conference of State Legislatures)

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


(A) TANF Caseloads During the Recent Recession

Moderator: Robert Ek (American Public Human Services Association)
  • Brian Levy (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
    TANF and the Recession: A Multivariate Analysis of State Caseload Responses
  • Rachel Douglas (University of Texas - Austin)
    Do State Policies Influence Cash Assistance Caseload Responsiveness to Economic
  • Danilo Trisi (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
    TANF Responded Unevenly to Increased Need During Downturn


video(B) Job Training as a Means Towards Labor Market Advancement*

Moderator: Julie Kerksick (Kerksick Consulting, LLC)
  • James Riccio (MDRC)
    Final Impacts of the United Kingdom's Employment Retention and Advancement
  • Richard Hendra (MDRC)
    The Delivery and Outcomes of the In-Work Training Support Provided in the U.K. ERA
  • Gayle Hamilton (MDRC)
    Lessons on Training from Three U.S. Employment Programs


(F) Evaluation 101: Developing and Using Evidence

Moderator: Michelle Derr (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Kristin Moore (Child Trends)
    What is Evaluation, Why is it Important and How do I Begin?
  • Robert Wood (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Types of Evaluation: Which Type is Right for Your Program?
  • Swati Desai (Columbia University)
    Lessons on Conducting Evaluations at the Local Level


(G) Alternative Measures to Assess State and Local Poverty

Moderator: Timothy Smeeding (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Julia Isaacs (Brookings Institution; University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Wisconsin Poverty Report: Were Antipoverty Policies Effective in 2009?
  • Mark Levitan (New York City Center for Economic Opportunity)
    The Performance of Safety Net Programs in the Recession: A New York City Perspective
  • Linda Giannarelli (The Urban Institute)
    The Impact of State Safety Nets on Child Poverty


(C) Children of Immigrants: Changing Demographics and Implications for Child Policy and Programs

Moderator: Randy Capps (Migration Policy Institute)
  • Donald J. Hernandez (City University of New York)
    Changing Demographics: Children in Immigrant Families
  • Ajay Chaudry (The Urban Institute)
    The Economic Well-Being of Children of Immigrants
  • Krista Perreira (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
    Health and Education Outcomes Among Children of Immigrants

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.

video(D) Plenary: Fathers, Their Effect on Family Self-Sufficiency and Federal- and State-Led Responses*

Moderator: Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Earl Johnson (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Vicki Turetsky (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Elizabeth Berlin (New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance)

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions



(A) TANF Child-Only Cases*

Moderator: Olivia Golden (The Urban Institute)
  • Robert Goerge (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago), Richard Speiglman (Child and
    Family Policy Institute of California) and Jane Mauldon (University of California-Berkeley)
    TANF Child-only Case Characteristics, Dynamics, and Context


(B) New Directions in Transitional and Subsidized Employment Approaches

Moderator: Amy Rynell (National Transitional Jobs Network)
  • Cindy Redcross (MDRC)
    Transitional and Subsidized Employment: A Review of Existing Knowledge
  • Dan Bloom (MDRC)
    New Evaluations in Subsidized and Transitional Employment
  • Howard Rolston (Abt Associates)


(E) An Introduction to the Career Pathways Framework: An Innovative Approach to Post-Secondary Education and Training

Moderator: David Fein (Abt Associates)
  • Ricardo Estrada (Instituto del Progreso Latino)
    Carreras en Salud: Pathways for Limited English-Proficient Individuals into Health Care Careers
  • Mark McColloch (Community College of Baltimore County)
    Career Pathways Innovations at the Community College of Baltimore County
  • Sara Strammiello Enright (Year Up)
    Year Up: Providing Skills, Experience and Support for Young Adults on their Career Pathways


(D) Programs Targeting Fathers and Family Functioning: What Works and What Questions Remain

Moderator: Robert Wood (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Quinn Moore (Mathematica Policy Research)
    The Building Strong Families Program’s Effects on Couples Who Attended Group
    Relationship Skills Sessions: A Special Analysis of 15-Month Data
  • Anupa Bir (RTI)
    Updates on the Community Healthy Marriage Initiative Evaluation
  • Sarah Avellar (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Examining the Research Evidence on Responsible Fatherhood and Strengthening Families
  • Carolyn and Philip Cowan (University of California-Berkeley)
    Supporting Father Involvement: New Results of a Couples Group for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System


(A) (C) Home Visiting Programs and TANF: A Tool for Promoting Family Economic Stability

Moderator: Lauren Supplee (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Diane Paulsell (Mathematica Policy Research)
    The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review
  • Libby Doggett (Pew Center on the States)
    How States are Funding Home Visiting Using TANF
  • Sallie Bond (Florida Department of Children and Families)
    The State-Level Experience Using TANF to Support Home Visiting

3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


video(A) (B) Subsidized Employment in the TANF Emergency Fund*

Moderator: Mary Farrell (MEF Associates)
  • LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
    Creating Subsidized Jobs for Low-Income Parents and Youth: The Legacy of the TANF
    Emergency Fund
  • Linda Rosenberg (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Highlights Of The Implementation Of TANF Subsidized Youth Employment Programs In
    Summer 2010
  • Jennifer Hrycyna (Illinois Department of Human Services)
    Illinois’ Experience with Subsidized Employment and the TANF Emergency Fund


(C) Child Care and Family Economic Stability

Moderator: Susan Jekielek (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Gina Adams (The Urban Institute)
    Child Care Instability: Definitions, Context, and Policy Implications
  • Caroline Carlin (University of Minnesota)
    Exploring Parent Decision-Making: Subsidies, Employment and Child Care
  • Martha Zaslow (Child Trends)


(C) (F) Evaluations of Replications of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Moving Towards Evidence-Based Programming

Moderator: Diana Tyson (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Allison Roper (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
    Replicating Evidence-Based Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs: A Case Study
  • Susan Zief (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Grantee-Led Evaluations of Replications
  • Lisa Trivits (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
    Federal-Led Evaluations of Replications
  • Brian Goesling (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Federal-Led Evaluations of Innovations, and Federal Standards for Effectiveness


(G) Promising Practices in Improving Client Access to Public Benefits

Moderator: Scott Cody (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Emily Sama-Miller (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Innovative Technology- and Outreach-Based Public Benefit Access Initiatives
  • Chauncy Lennon (Ford Foundation)
    Promoting Job Stability and Reducing Chronic Unemployment with Integrated, Streamlined
    Access to Work Supports
  • Alicia Kone (The Aclara Group)
    State Perspectives on Streamlining Public Benefit Eligibility


(D) Supporting Family Functioning and Self-Sufficiency through the Child Support
Enforcement System

Moderator: Myles Schlank (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Robin Hood in Reverse? Does Child Support Take from the Poor and Give to the Rich?
  • Elaine Sorensen (The Urban Institute)
    Child Support Plays an Increasingly Important Role for Poor Custodial Families
  • Jane Venohr (Center for Policy Research)
    Addressing Access and Visitation Problems in Child Support Agencies

Thursday, June 2: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

8:45 a.m.

video(B) Plenary: The Future of the U.S. Labor Market: A Conversation on Challenges and Next Steps*

Moderator: Timothy Smeeding (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Gordon Berlin (MDRC)
  • Rebecca Blank (U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Harry Holzer (Georgetown University and The Urban Institute)

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


video(A) Understanding Disconnected Families*

Moderator: Don Oellerich (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Pamela Loprest (The Urban Institute)
    Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and Welfare
  • Sandra Danziger (University of Michigan)
    Qualitative Research with Disconnected Populations in Michigan
  • Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Disconnected from Work and Welfare: The Wisconsin Experience


(E) ACF Efforts to Evaluate Career Pathways

Moderator: Molly Irwin (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Alan Werner (Abt Associates)
    The Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency Project
  • Demetra Nightingale (The Urban Institute)
    The Health Professions Opportunity Grants Implementation, Systems and Outcome Evaluation
  • Michael Meit (NORC at the University of Chicago)
    Evaluation of Tribal Health Professions Opportunity Grants


(D) Resident and Non-Resident Fathers: Linking Employment to Involvement

Moderator: Linda Mellgren (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Robert Lerman (The Urban Institute; American University)
    Men in Low-Income Communities: Patterns and Relevance to Service Delivery
  • Sandra Hofferth (University of Maryland)
    Does Change in Young Men’s Employment Influence Fathering?
  • Kimberly Turner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Hand in Hand: Employment Conditions and Fathers’ Involvement


(F) (G) Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency

Moderator: Lisa Gennetian (ideas42)
  • Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC)
    Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Project
  • John Balz (ideas42)
    Overview of Behavioral Principles
  • David Butler and JoAnn Hsueh (MDRC)
    Thinking About the Application of Behavioral Principles to TANF, Child Care, Child
    Welfare, and Child Support


(G) Asset Building for Low-Income Individuals

Moderator: Jim Gatz (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Signe-Mary McKernan (The Urban Institute)
    Opportunity and Ownership Over the Life Cycle
  • Trina Shanks (University of Michigan)
    Lessons from SEED: A National Demonstration of Child Development Accounts
  • Gregory Mills (The Urban Institute)
    Can Savings Help Overcome Income Instability?

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.

video(C) Plenary: Disadvantaged Youth: Supporting Transitions to a Successful Adulthood

Moderator: Martha Moorehouse (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • David Harris (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Héctor Cordero-Guzmán (City University of New York)
  • Bryan Samuels (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Woodrow McCutchen (Edna McConnell Clark Foundation)

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Facilitated Roundtables


(A) Sanctions and TANF

Facilitator: Amanda Sheely (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Federal Host: Julie Siegel (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) (B) TANF-WIA Collaboration

Facilitators: Lauren Eyster (The Urban Institute)
Sara Gallagher Williams (U.S. Department of Labor)
Federal Host: Michael Dubinsky (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) (B) Job Search Strategies

Facilitators: LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
Frank Gallo (U.S. Department of Labor)
Federal Host: Erica Zielewski (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) Work Participation Rate

Facilitators: Heather Hahn (The Urban Institute)
Sheila Zedlewski (The Urban Institute)
Federal Host: Peter Germanis (Administration for Children and Families)


(D) Programs for Young Fathers

Facilitators: Nigel Vann (National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse)
Federal Host: John Langrock (Administration for Children and Families)
Jennifer Burnszynski (Administration for Children and Families)


(D) Serving Two Parent Families and Couples

Facilitator: Heather Zaveri (Mathematica Policy Research)
Federal Host: Nancye Campbell (Administration for Children and Families)


(D) Marriage and Relationship Education Programming for Disadvantaged Populations

Facilitators: Carolyn Cowan (University of California-Berkeley)
Philip Cowan (University of California-Berkeley)
Federal Host: Clare DiSalvo (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) Tribal TANF

Facilitators: Carol Hafford (NORC at the University of Chicago)
Federal Host: Amelia Popham (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) Refugees and TANF

Facilitators: Cheri Harrington (Government Accountability Office)
Federal Host: Kenneth Tota (Administration for Children and Families)
Essey Workie (Administration for Children and Families)


(A) Homeless Families and TANF

Facilitators: Helen Thatcher (Utah Workforce Services)
Sharon McDonald (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
Federal Host: Barbara Broman (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)


(F) Research Dissemination Strategies

Facilitator: Don Winstead (Don Winstead Consulting)
Federal Host: Ann Rivera (Administration for Children and Families)


(F) (G) Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency

Facilitators:John Balz (ideas42)
Matthew Darling (ideas42)
Lisa Gennetian (ideas42)
JoAnn Hsueh (MDRC)
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC)
Federal Host: Brendan Kelly (Administration for Children and Families)
Emily Schmitt (Administration for Children and Families)

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


(A) The TANF/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Transition Project (TSDTP):
Early Findings

Moderator: Elizabeth Lower-Basch (Center for Law and Social Policy)
  • John Martinez (MDRC)
    The TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project: Conceptual Framework and Pilot Approach
  • Bret Barden and Johanna Walter (MDRC)
    Emerging Findings from the Analysis of Merged OFA TANF/SSP and SSI Data


video(A) (E) Higher Education for TANF Recipients*

Moderator: Johan Uvin (U.S. Department of Education)
  • Hope Corman (Rider University)
    Effects of Welfare Reform on Vocational Education and Training
  • Lesley Turner (Columbia University)
    The Returns to Higher Education for Welfare Recipients: Evidence from Colorado
  • Shauna King-Simms (Kentucky Community and Technical College System)
    Facilitating Access to Higher Education for TANF Recipients in Kentucky


(D) Complex Families: The Effects of Re-Partnering and Multiple-Partner Fertility

Moderator: Nancye Campbell (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Terry-Ann Craigie (Princeton University)
    Family Structure, Family Stability and Early Child Well-Being
  • Lindsay Monte (U.S. Census Bureau)
    Fertility and the Family: Multiple Partner Fertility and Well-Being in the SIPP
  • Lawrence Berger (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Maternal Re-Partnering and New-Partner Fertility: Associations with Nonresident Father Investments in Children


(C) (G) Immigrant Families’ Access to Supportive and Stabilizing Services

Moderator: Scott Allard (University of Chicago)
  • Ajay Chaudry (The Urban Institute)
    Immigrant Access to Health and Human Services
  • Heather Koball (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Children of Immigrants' Receipt of SNAP
  • Karina Fortuny (The Urban Institute)
    Effects of Immigration on WIC and National School Lunch Program Caseloads


(C) Work, Welfare, and Child Well-Being

Moderator: Clare DiSalvo (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Jessica Thornton Walker (University of Texas-Austin)
    Developmental Differences in the Effects of Welfare and Employment Policies on
    Children’s Social Behavior

  • Kelly Purtell (University of Texas-Austin)
    Family TANF Use and Trajectories of Children's Development: Patterns and Processes
  • Heather Hill (University of Chicago)

5:00 p.m.

Emerging Scholars Poster Session and Networking Event

Lucy Bilaver, Northwestern University
The Impact of Early Maternal Employment on Childhood Obesity

Marissa Courey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Future Orientation as a Determinant of Adolescent Human Capital Investment

Katie Fitzpatrick, U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Role of Media Outreach and Program Modernization in the Growth of the SNAP Caseload

Josh Good, ICF International
TANF Collaborations with Faith-Based and Community Organizations: How Nationwide
Grassroots Partnerships Streamline Family Self-Sufficiency

Linda Houser, Rutgers University
Child Care Subsidies and Caseworker Discretion in the Post-Reform Era

Jungwon Huh, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Neighborhood Effect on the Length of First Stay on Work First in North Carolina

Sheila Katz, Sonoma State University
Welfare Mothers Pursuing Higher Education During the Great Recession and Implications for
TANF Reauthorization

Clinton Key, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
$aveNYC: Applying Behavioral Economic Principles to Encourage Savings

Caitlin McPherran, Boston College
Mothers, Young Children, and Work: Low-Income Mothers’ Employment Dynamics

Ashley Provencher, American University
Effectiveness and Efficiency of Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care

Brendan Saloner, Harvard University
The Effect of Public Insurance Eligibility on Material Hardship: Evidence from the Implementation

Amanda Sheely, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The Economic and Political Determinants of Sanctions and Application Denials among California
Counties: 2000-2009

Sarah Williamson, University of Maryland
Examining Outcomes among Pre- and Post-DRA Welfare Leavers


Friday, June 3: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

8:30 a.m.

video(E) Plenary: Federal Collaboration Around Career Pathways

Moderator: Mark Fucello (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Mark Greenberg (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Gerri Fiala (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Brenda Dann-Messier (U.S. Department of Education)

9:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


video(A) TANF Performance Measures*

Moderator: Emily Ball Jabbour (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Heather Hahn (The Urban Institute)
    Case Studies of State TANF Performance Systems
  • Leslie Crichton (Minnesota Department of Human Services)
    The Minnesota Self-Support Index
  • Helen Thatcher (Utah Department of Workforce Services)
    Using Data to Improve Performance in Utah


(B) Sectoral Strategies to Promote Employment

Moderator: Michael Qualter (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Lauren Eyster (The Urban Institute)
    Findings from the High-Growth Job Training Initiative
  • Deena Schwartz and Stacy Woodruff Bolte (Public/Private Ventures)
    Tuning In to Local Labor Markets: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study
  • Martin Simon (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices)
    State Sector Strategies Initiative: An Innovative Partnership to Support Sector-Based Approaches


(C) Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood: Evidence from Recent Studies

Moderator: Matthew Stagner (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago)
  • M. Robin Dion (Mathematica Policy Research)
    Developing Research-based Conceptual Models for ACF Programs Serving At-Risk Youth
  • Michael Pergamit (The Urban Institute)
    Evaluating Independent Living Services: Findings from the Multi-site Evaluation of Foster
    Youth Programs
  • Jeffrey Hemmeter (Social Security Administration)
    The Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration: Emerging Findings


(C) (G) Child and Family Stability in a Time of Long-Term Unemployment

Moderator: Jack Tweedie (National Conference of State Legislatures)
  • Gregory Acs and Molly Dahl (Congressional Budget Office)
    Unemployment Insurance Benefits and the Family Income of the Unemployed
  • Heather Hill (University of Chicago)
    Long-Term Unemployment and Child Well-Being: What Do We Know?
  • Nancy Cauthen (NKC Consulting)


(F) (G) The Center for Economic Opportunity and the Social Innovation Fund: Building the
Evidence for Effective Solutions to Poverty

Moderator: Brendan Kelly (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Veronica White (New York City Center for Economic Opportunity)
    Center for Economic Opportunity Expands Reach with Social Innovation Fund
  • Carson Hicks (New York City Center for Economic Opportunity)
    The Merits of an Education-Conditioned Internship Program for Disconnected Youth Who
    Lack a Secondary Degree
  • Cathleen Mahon (New York City Department of Consumer Affairs)
    An Asset Development Program Designed to Teach Low-Income Families the Importance
    of Savings

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Invitation to the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics Conference

Mary Roberto (Colorado Department of Human Services)

11:40 a.m.

video(G) Plenary: Applying Behavioral Perspectives to Strengthening the Safety Net and Stabilizing Low-Income Families*

Moderator: Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Eldar Shafir (Princeton University)
  • Lisa Gennetian (ideas42)
  • Julie Kerksick (Kerksick Consulting, LLC)

12:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)

1:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

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